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    Quote Originally Posted by babybeeno1 View Post
    As what @littleriv has said. Maybe go public for primary and hold out for private for highschool. But you do need to get names down from birth in some areas not sure what it's like on the coast for you but friends of mine just did Miami high state school and they turned out fine

    It also comes down how capable your ds will be with learning and structure.

    It's a very generous offer your have made to you though but have a chat with them to see if they can afford it as it may be a lot more then what they are thinking.

    I know here in SA the private school my ds was originally going to go to is currently $15k a year not including uniforms and extra curricular activities so it would be 13 year investment costing $195k if it was paid upfront.

    You may meet another girl in a few years time and settle down and your other brother that is still with you may eventually meet someone when he is a lot older and have kids to. So the gift to your ds would have to given to any future grandkids aswell.
    Small world, Miami is where I went, primarily because of the deaf unit.
    The school has planty of space still available for kids his age so I'm not too concerned about getting his name down or even if I want to send him there just yet.
    Right now, Cass seems to learn pretty quickly, though it's early days I know things can change I'm no academic prodigy but I did alright at school, but I do wonder how a GPS school might change that, or if I had gone to one how it might have changed my outcomes for better or worse.
    I think they have in mind I will probably never have any other children of my own, but I think I will one day but not for a while, but that is one conversation I think I need to have with them, but by then maybe I might be earning enough to pay for any subsequent kids, I hope.. I think you get fairly heavy discounts in fees for more kids after the first one.

    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    I've just noticed you're on the GC so I guess I know which school you're talking about, my DD goes to the sister school. If it's the one I'm thinking of I know heaps of families who kids go there from beginning of primary and absolutely love it.
    If you mean TSS, then yes. They offered me a tour of the school which I might take them up on, I have found lots of people that love the place but I have found quite a few that have hated it too and are quite vocal about that fact, the gulf between the two opinions is huge, there doesn't seem to be a grey middle just one or the other, that makes me wonder why.

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    I'll be doing the first tour when they have an open day this year with my DS so I might see you there lol. He starts 2020. I have a few friends who's boys are starting that year.

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    I teach at an elite private school and the overall experiences/extra opportunities offered are far more than the public schools in the area that I'm in.

    I wouldn't start at Kindy though...waste of money at that age...if you're in a good area, the local primary schools should be good.

    Really try to get an understanding of the culture of the school - the all boys school that I'm at is soooooo open to pushing the message of boys/men respecting women and the female:male ratio on staff is 50:50. I'm in a different state to you but thought I'd share my thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    I'll be doing the first tour when they have an open day this year with my DS so I might see you there lol. He starts 2020. I have a few friends who's boys are starting that year.
    My boy was born in July 2015, so he just misses the cut off for 2020, so he's not meant to start till 2021, but I understand they are a little flexible on this if he does well at pre-school in 2019, but their pre-school not someone else's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogis Mumma View Post
    I teach at an elite private school and the overall experiences/extra opportunities offered are far more than the public schools in the area that I'm in.

    I wouldn't start at Kindy though...waste of money at that age...if you're in a good area, the local primary schools should be good.

    Really try to get an understanding of the culture of the school - the all boys school that I'm at is soooooo open to pushing the message of boys/men respecting women and the female:male ratio on staff is 50:50. I'm in a different state to you but thought I'd share my thoughts.
    I think primary is just as important as high school, so for me I don't think it's a waste of money, I loved kindy last year at our private school, I've noticed a lot of differences between our school, the local public and catholic schools that DS other Pre school friends are going to, the others are not bad of course but the parents had so many more complaints and stress and DS just had so many more experiences and has a totally different learning experience so OP research everything and find out what's best for your son

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    just had so many more experiences and has a totally different learning experience so OP research everything and find out what's best for your son
    This is what I am wondering about, what are the different experiences, what is it they are exposed to at schools like this that they aren't in state?

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    I'm sure all schools are different but at our school I think it's mainly because we have more resources and the teachers get more help so they have more time for the kids ( and parents!) we had a great class of 19 boys with a full time teacher plus full time teachers aide plus they also have a sports , music, art, Mandarin and library teacher - Compared to the other schools my friends kids are at DS was far more advanced in what they were teaching ( higher reading levels, more writing etc) yet we had no homework ( home readers yes) plus they had bigger class sizes (at the catholic school) no full time aides and the biggest complaint was lack of interaction with the teacher (we got an email weekly from our teacher, weekly newsletter , 3 parent teacher meetings throughout the year and an app called SeeSaw that she would upload photos/videos/artwork of what DS did every week) we had 3 excursions , we had 5 children's authors come to the school to talk about their books, lots of musical performances, teachers from the high school coming in to do a photography lesson, science experiments, robotics displays etc we also have Occupational and speech therapists on staff so some kindy boys had extra help during school time when needed, we are lucky enough to have pools, sporting fields , tennis and basketball courts and gyms so the boys sport lessons are always at school , with full time sport coaches for each particular sport and they get exposed to a variety of all sports, the same with music, our extracurricular activities include: all music, little athletics, swimming, art, drama, chess, cooking, debating, coding, book clubs and that's just primary school, the high school has even more
    Again some public schools may have the same you just have to see what they all offer
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    Is that 2020 for kindy (pre-school) or prep (reception I think they call it)? DS is doing pre-school there 2020. DD did pre-prep (pre-school) at the sister school and I LOVED the experience, so did she. So DS will definitely be starting pre-school there. We had a nice small class size, two wonderful teachers who I adored and were great with the kids, beautiful play area and classrooms, and they start getting used to the school so when they start prep and they expect more independence they are at least familiar with the school. They started French, music, PE etc in pre-prep but in the classroom, then from prep same subjects but they go across to music room etc.
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    @bezzy Preschool in 2020 if they won't allow an exception since he's only a couple of weeks over the cut off date, so I would hope R for 2020.

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    The other thing I'm interested in here, I know most teachers have a diploma of education do staff at schools like these mostly have like a masters or better?


 

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